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Essential Skills for Maternity Care Practice

Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date & time
5 Sep 2024 @ 6pm to 9pm (Thursday)
Qualification Type
Course Type
24 weeks


This Essential Skills for Maternity Care Practice unit has been designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of health care support workers who already work in a maternity support role.

This unit can be studied as an optional add-on to the PDA Developing Professional Practice in Health and Social Care: Maternity support course or it can be studied as a stand-alone unit.

This unit is also suitable for individuals who have an interest in or would like to work as a maternity support assistant or a doula.

What will I learn?

The midwifery assistant training course is made up of the following two outcomes:

  • to demonstrate a range of competencies through simulation associated with safe and effective care practice
  • to calculate numerical data relevant to care practice and medicine management.

It has been designed to develop your knowledge and skills to carry out competencies that are frequently used within the role of a maternity care practitioner. You will develop knowledge in the assessment, care and treatment that may be required of common maternal and neonatal conditions - underpinning safe and effective person-centred care.

You will learn how to use appropriate interpersonal skills when carrying out essential skills in a simulated practice environment. This will include physiological measurements and monitoring, specimen collection and handling, support of the midwife with neonatal resuscitation, baby massage, aromatherapy, bereavement skills, applying TENS machine and removal of an IV cannula and epidural catheter.

You will also learn how to provide personal care and daily well check for pregnant adults and neonates which will include dressing, undressing, immersion bath, bed-bath, shower, skin care, mouth care, hair care, eye care, nail care and foot care.

Finally, you will learn how to calculate numerical data relevant to care practice and medicine management. This will include interpreting a graph, recognising a normal physiological measurement value and recognising a deviation from the norm. You will learn to identify factors that can affect the reliability of results, identify the correct absorption and distribution of drugs and demonstrate numerical skills required for accurate calculations including, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, decimals and conversion.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • NC Level 6 in a Health or Care related area OR
  • SWAP Access to Nursing OR
  • Two Highers or equivalent, preferably including English
  • A successful interview
  • A detailed personal statement supplied prior to the interview
  • You are also invited without formal qualifications but must have relevant work experience. This will be subject to an entrance exam.
  • Even if you meet the minimum entry requirements, due to the demand for places and the specialist nature of this course, you may not be called for an interview.

Jobs and further study

  • PDA Developing Professional Practice in Health and Social Care: Maternity Support.
  • HNC Healthcare Practice

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

More questions? Contact us about this course